Re~Cycle Bikes to Africa: Donate your unwanted bikes to this great cause

If you’re having a clear out why not donate your unwanted bicycles, etc to Re~Cycle: Bikes to Africa where they will be put to good use.

Sue Bailey and Neil Oliver about to unload bikesin Colchester

Sue shares this latest news. Ed

It’s that time of year when people are trying to de-clutter.

If you have an unwanted bicycle, why not donate it to Re~Cycle Bikes to Africa?

In some parts of Africa it can take up to four hours to get to school, water or other necessities.

What is Re~Cycle: Bikes to Africa?
Re~Cycle: Bikes to Africa provides used bikes from the UK to people in rural Africa who need them and we teach them how to maintain them.

So far, Re~Cycle has sent over 100,000 bikes to Africa – but more are always needed.

Donate your bikes
Bring your unwanted bicycles, helmet, spare wheels, and bike tools to Innerspaces, Place Rd Cowes ( It’s down the side of The Range).

Here the bikes are stored, free of charge, (‘Thank you, Innerspaces!’) until we have a truckload to take to the charity’s headquarters in Colchester.

For more information about the projects to which the bikes go, look at Re~Cycle’s Website

Thursday, 10th January, 2019 12:28pm



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Could you publish times that bikes can be dropped off at Place Road?
Will they accept bikes that need new tyres and inner tubes?
I have two bikes to donate.

Innerspaces is open from 8.30-5.30 weekdays, 9-5pm Saturdays and 10-4pm Sundays. You can drop bikes off with the lovely reception staff who look after them until we have enough to take a lorry load to Colchester. We are happy to receive bikes that need new tyres and innertubes, but cannot use bikes that are totally rusted and seized up. Nor, unfortunately, can we accept children’s bikes.
I think you can drop off at any time Innerspace (Google lists opening times but DK if these are correct). And bikes that need repair, or even incomplete bikes can be accepted. They have an amazing operation at Colchester where bikes that aren’t suitable are stripped for parts to be sent out to Africa and then anything left over is recycled. I’ve done one trip up there… Read more »

Oops, *any time Innerspaces are open*, I mean


Aren’t there any kids on the IOW that would love a free bike ?


Definitely! Some of the childrens’bikes we are given I advertise on freegle, but many need work done to them and no one seems to want them. Sadly, they go to the tip.


Is it all adults that are using the donated bikes to get about then?
Surely some kids are cycling to school?